Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
 RECongress Email Updates #1 Sept 2010 (REC 2011-1)

Congress 2011

Mar. 17 (Youth Day) & Mar. 18-20, 2011

2011 Theme
"Hold Firm ... Trust!"

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   Congress 2011 is on its way!

Our 2011 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is only 6 months away! We're updating our web site and listing our new and returning speakers; we're working with hotel properties for special attendee rates; we're finalizing our liturgy presiders and our entertainment. So start your planning now to attend Congress 2011.

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The Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is the nation's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics! Our last RECongress, held in March 2010, brought together nearly 40,000 people during the four-day weekend! We had registrants from across the country and as far away as Ireland and Australia.

See 2010 Congress Statistics

The 2011 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
March 17, 2011 (Youth Day)
March 18-20, 2011 (Congress days)

Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif. (just across from Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure). See a Yahoo Map

The registration fee for Congress is $60 per person. Youth Day has a separate registration and fee ($20 per person).

The Registration Guidebook contains all workshop and speaker descriptions, entertainment and liturgy options, and all events during Congress. There are two Registration Forms per book. If you attended RECongress 2010, you will automatically be mailed a Registration Guidebook. If you need a Guidebook, please order one here. (Guidebooks will be available late-October.)

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 "Hold Firm ... Trust!" /  "Mantente Firme ... ¡Confía!"
Our Congress theme, “Hold Firm … Trust!” draws us into the outrageous love of a God who steadfastly accompanies us on the journey, steadies us in times of challenge, and leads us to refreshment and renewal." ...

You can find the complete reflection on the RECongress 2011 theme by Sr. Edith Prendergast, Director of the Office of Religious Education, on our web site — along with reflections from prior years.

RECongress Theme Reflections Page

Youth Day

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Sharin' the day with St. Patrick, the Congress weekend officially gets underway with Youth Day, designed specifically for those in the 9th-12th grades. High school students from many different backgrounds from throughout the Los Angeles Archdiocese — from across the state and beyond — come together to participate in morning and afternoon workshops, share in liturgy, and end the day with a Youth Rally. Registration for Youth Day is a separate from Congress registration and has its own fees. Youth Day registration is $20 per person ($25 after February 4, 2011). Watch for the Youth Day theme announcement and registration information online.

Youth Day 2011 Page

Most of our Congress delegates stay in the surrounding area hotels. For  Congress 2011 we will again contract with local hotels that will offer special rates for attendees. We are now beginning to update our Hotels page. Check back often; we suggest making hotel reservations as soon as possible. When making reservations, be sure to ask for the Religious Education Congress rate. You can find updated information about contracted hotels online.

RECongress Hotels Page

Congress once again offers a wide variety of speakers (185 of them this year) presenting sessions from personal growth to music to dealing with your child. There are 281 workshops available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. You can find our updated listing of speakers for RECongress 2011 online.

RECongress 2011 Speakers Page


We asked attendees at Congress 2010 to bring their old cell phones — working or not — with them to Congress. Partnering with GET GREEN TO GET GREEN, an organization that recycles cell phones, the phones generated $1,800, which has been donated to the Haiti relief efforts through Catholic Relief Services.

"Together we both helped save the planet and helped the victims of the earthquake in Haiti”.
-- Jim DeHarpporte, Regional Director, Catholic Relief Services West

We have plans again to collect cell phones again this year.

RECongress 2011 Page

Ralphs Grocery Company, a major supermarket chain in the Southern California area, supports schools, churches and other non-profit organizations with annual contributions. The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is a member of Ralphs Community Contributions Program. Simply by using your Ralphs rewards Card a portion of eligible purchases are contributed to the RECongress. (Note: This is an annual program that must be renewed each year. The current term is September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2011.)

If you part of the program last year, you will need to update your account again this year. We encourage all Ralphs shoppers to sign up for the free Ralphs rewards Card and register their card with the Community Contributions Program. It’s easy! Every time you shop for groceries and scan your card at Ralphs, RECongress will automatically earn up to 5% of all eligible purchases per enrolled card. Sign up now! It’s never been easier to contribute to the RECongress. 

Organization Name: Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Religious Education
Address: 3424 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA
Organization Number: 90658

Find step-by-step instructions and information online.

RECongress Ralphs Program

You can find all Congress information and updates online. We will soon be adding Congress Spotlights and are constantly updating speaker and hotel information. Check our site for updates and announcements.


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